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Only

Ya, but really though.

Blessings!

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Appetizers · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Drinks · Farmers Market · Pickles · Random Stuff · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Quick Pickles

So our town has a Farmers Market every other weekend.  I went a couple of weeks ago, and ended up getting some great vegetables:  green beans, garlic, and cucumbers. For some reason I got the idea to pickle them (I have been enjoying Bloody Mary’s and thought it would be good to have my own pickled items in my drinks). I researched a couple of different methods and decided to do a quick pickle instead of canning.img_9378Got together my ingredients for the liquid portion of the quick pickles.img_9386White and Apple Cider Vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, water, and ground mustard.  Boil 8 quarts of water, and place the containers (jars for the pickled items), in sudsy water.  Let them soak (I soaked the lids as well).  Rinse with boiling water as well, and let dry.Begin by placing the liquid (2 cups of vinegar and 2 cups of water) into pot, add 1 Tablespoon of salt.One clove of garlic, peeled.1 Tablespoon of red pepper flakes.  I also added whole mustard seeds-1 Tablespoon (forgot to take the picture).Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for about 8-10 minutes.img_9416-1Prep the beans, by snapping the ends off, then rinsing them with cold water.I assembled my jars, and then sorted the veges to the jars.  One small jar of garlic, and two jars of cucumbers.I added fresh dill to each jar.  Depending on how much you like the herb, you can add more or not add it all.To the jars with the green beans, I also added a raw garlic clove.Cool the liquid slightly, and then pour over each of the vegetables until they are covered.Then add the lids to the jars and let cool on the counter.I placed these in the refrigerator once they cooled.  These are a quick pickle, so you don’t have to do the entire canning process.  (I wish I could tell you what that process is, but I haven’t done it yet.  I plan to this spring with other vegetables I hope to get at the farmers market.)

I hope to let you know how they turned out soon.  They should be ready in 24 hours, but have waited about two weeks.

Blessings.

2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Depression · family · friends · Grief · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized · WLS

There

Trying to stay in the moment. Shari is the one in the middle, and Hank’s precious wife. I love these women. Yesterday was a hard day, but glorious in the way Hank touched so many lives. I am thankful for being his friend.

What I don’t like is how I look in this picture. I feel as though I am huge. I know that I shouldn’t even be thinking this but when I first saw this I immediately thought about my size.

There. We were there when we needed to be. I will be there when I need to be for Shari and her family. I need to just to not obsess about this. Ugh!

Struggling.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Dinner · Health · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Green Beans and Mushrooms

Last weekend, I went to our local farmers market.  I picked up some great items, one of which, I used in this recipe.img_9378I got some amazing green beans, and cucumbers.  I ended up cleaning the green beans, by snapping the ends off, then rinsing them. img_9396I par-boiled 3/4’s of the beans for about 6-7 minutes.  Plunged them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.Chopped two shallots, and sauteed until translucent in a bit of olive oil and salt.Once the shallots are almost clear, add mushrooms.  I used baby portbella’s.After about five minutes of sauteing the mushrooms, I added the green beans.  Seasoned with salt and pepper as well.  You may need to add more oil.  Again, after 5 minutes of cooking all of it together, add about a half of a cup of Sherry.Cook for about three minutes so that the alcohol can be cooked out.  Earlier in the day, I had roasted a bulb of garlic.  I chopped two cloves, and added it to the pan.img_9418.jpgimg_9417.jpgFor the finishing, I added two tablespoons of butter (unsalted).  img_9418.jpgContinue to cook until the Sherry is reduced as this doesn’t have much of a sauce. img_9423.jpgI cheated and served this with a rotisserie chicken.  I loved the freshness of the green beans, and the earthiness of the mushrooms.  It was a very hearty side dish that made me feel less guilty of not making the roast chicken.My plate (still using a small salad plate as my serving plate).  And, David liked it as well.

Blessings.

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Black Rice

When I did The Daniel Plan, they recommended eating Black Rice instead of white or even brown. To me, it is in between brown rice and wild rice.

Cool per the directions (2 cups water-1 cup rice ratio), and I added salt and unsalted butter.  We cook our rice in the microwave, as we have a tendency to burn or have the rice stick to the bottom of the pan when we cook it on the stove top.It has a nutty flavor, and a nice chew or bite. I really liked it but David was eh about it.  I served it with roasted Brussels Sprouts, and bake salmon with cherry sauce.  I really felt like I was cheating on my plan (having rice).  I loved the richness of the taste, and absolutely loved the colors on my plate.

Blessings.

2019 · Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Goals · Uncategorized · WLS

Be

This was  a carmel chocolate candy wrapper.  It spoke to me.  I really haven’t ever thought I would be someone anyone would want to look up to.  But why not?  Why wouldn’t others want to be me?! Ha.  But really?  Why don’t I look up to me?  Goals?

Blessings.

2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · beginnings · Exercise · Uncategorized · walking · weight loss · WLS

Crown

I am beginning a Couch to 5K program this morning. I am certain this will kill me. The old me.

I am excited for the future with this program, and the paths it will open for me.

I am not a runner. Never have been. But I want to get back in the habit of exercising. I know that my body isn’t going to like it at first…maybe never…but it will be good for my mind, body and soul.

What things do you do to stay in the healthy mindset? How are your New Year goals going this January?

Blessings!